Month: December 2010

11 New Year’s Resolutions for 2011

  “Another fresh new year is here . . . Another year to live! To banish worry, doubt, and fear, To love and laugh and give! This bright new year is given me To live each day with zest . . . To daily grow and try to be My highest and my best! I have the opportunity Once more to right some wrongs, To pray for peace, to plant a tree, And sing more joyful songs!” ~William Arthur Ward ________________________ “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” ~Bill Vaughn ________________________ “We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce Many scoff at New Year’s resolutions—and for good reason, I suppose. Too often, our resolve hardly lasts past its utterance, and seldom does it make February. Still, I like the way we mark time. I like the freshness of a new year. I like the opportunity to look back over the year just past, to assess it, to evaluate my use of it, to remember its joys, to bury its sorrows. To move on. Therefore, as we approach a brand new year, yet unsullied by human touch, I...

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Jesus Christ: Born Under the Shadow of the Cross

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! He is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘A man is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’ ~John 1:29,30 Jesus Christ was born under the shadow of the Cross. He is the Lamb of God, slain from the foundation of the world. One can no more separate the cruelty of the Cross from the quaint beauty of the manger than you can separate his deity and humanity. Without the Cross, the manger is an aberration, a novelty, a nice trick of God’s creative ability. Without the manger, the Cross is a tragedy, an example of human cruelty and the unwillingness of mankind to accept change or to embrace anything that threatens him. The manger and the Cross together, however, represent the Virgin Birth, the Victorious Life, and the Vicarious Death of Jesus Christ. He is become Emmanuel, God with us. And because He is, we can be with God…now and forever. Merry Christmas....

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Three Parts Random, One Part Ridiculous

I have a few things to say and one has little to do with the other. Let randomness rule and here’s hoping I don’t zig when I should have zagged. —α— One. More. Shameless. Plug. (Well, one more today.) Have you gotten your copy of my daily devotional ebook? If not, why not? Why not today? A Month of Sundays is comprised of 31 devotions, one for every day of the month. Each devotion is original, Bible-based, and relevant in a real-world context. (How is that for homemade ad copy?) You can snag your very own copy of the ebook, which is written in Adobe ™ .pdf for easy reading and navigation, for just $6.95. Use your credit card, debit card, or PayPal account. The transaction is hosted by PayPal, and is 100% secure. Click here to read more and to make your purchase. —β— Question: Was Elizabeth Edwards a victim or a hero? Answer: Yes. Elizabeth Edwards died yesterday. She was the wife of two-time presidential candidate John Edwards. She was, more importantly, a model mother, a noted author, a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society, and a person who seemed to live her life for the benefit of others. Elizabeth Edwards was a victim of terrible circumstance when, in 1996, her 16 year old son, Wade, died in a tragic car accident. She became a hero to...

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My First Devotional eBook Now Available: Get Yours Today!

—Just Released!— A Month of Sundays 31 Devotionals for Making Every Day the Lord’s Day ONLY $6.95 This is my very first ebook, and I am excited to tell you about it… A Month of Sundays is a collection of 31 original devotionals—one for each day of even the longest month. Each devotional is Bible-based with a Scripture reference for meditation and/or memorization and with a prayer for the day. Some of the devotionals feature anecdotal stories. Some employ quotes from historical or contemporary characters. Some include outlines for breaking down the day’s Scripture reading. All of them are well-written, provocative, and timely (even if I do say so myself.) They are great for… Use in your daily personal devotion time As an aide in your family devotions As a resource for the Bible or Sunday School teacher As sermon starters for the Preacher The ebook is written in Adobe ™ Acrobat™, which makes it very easy to read and navigate. You probably have Adobe Reader on your computer, but if not, it is a free download here…and is very handy. This is The first of a 12-book series, with subsequent volumes coming every one to two months, God willing. When complete, more than a full year of daily devotions will be at the reader’s fingertips. Buy your copy today: Just click HERE. The checkout and download process is...

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